Schistosome parasites require a complex lifecycle requiring two hosts and aquatic phases of development. The schistosomula is a key phase of parasite development within the mammalian host, however relatively little is understood about the molecular processes underlying this stage. In this study 5723 subtractive expressed sequence tags (ESTs) were randomly selected from a 7 day hepatic schistosomula enriched library constructed using suppression subtractive hybridization method. Sequence analysis of these ESTs identified 1762 unique genes (contigs). Among them, 989 contigs were annotated with known genes, 311 contigs were homologous to established genes, 101 contigs were similar to established genes, 72 contigs were weakly similar to established genes and 289 sequences did not match any published sequences. Genes identified related to metabolism, cellular development, immune evasion and host-parasite interactions were identified as enriched in the hepatic schistosomula stage. The future identification of poorly annotated but stage-specific genes may potentially represent new drugs or vaccine targets, applicable for the future controlling of schistosomiasis.
- Gene expression
- Schistosoma japonicum
- Suppressed subtractive hybridization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology